Fair Trade Award for Aberdeen Academic Highlighting Workers’ Injustice | New
A University of Aberdeen scholar who is on a mission to improve the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh has been honored with a prestigious national fair trade award.
As a child, Professor Muhammad Azizul Islam witnessed the difficult life faced by garment workers in Dhaka. Today, his research, teaching and campaigns give voice to the millions of unknown garment workers in Bangladesh and other countries.
Working with academics, NGOs and policy partners, Professor Islam’s team enables policy change to ensure profits do not come at the expense of people.
This evidence base provides a solid foundation for the introduction of the Fashion Watchdog Bill to regulate the supply chain and abolish the exploitation of garment workers in the Global South. .
Professor Islam, who holds the chair of accounting at the university’s business school, is also driving change by integrating sustainability accounting, corporate governance and accountability for human rights. human in learning program within the university and has created free online learning resources.
In recognition of his work, Professor Islam has been named winner of the Fair Trade and Sustainability category of the Scottish Fair Trade Awards 2022.
“I am truly honored to have received this prestigious award,” he said. “It is extremely humbling to have my work recognized in this way and I am committed to continuing to expose unfair trade practices and drive change through impactful research to improve the lives of workers around the world. “
Professor Haina Zhang, Director of the University of Aberdeen Business School, said: “It is fantastic recognition for the work of Professor Islam who is making a valuable contribution to sustainability initiatives while making a tangible difference in people’s lives.